The 32nd Oregon Brewers Festival is almost here! Kicks off 7/24

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The 32nd annual Oregon Brewers Festival will take place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park in downtown Portland, Oregon, Wednesday, July 24 through Saturday, July 27, 2019 (note: the festival is NOT open on Sunday this year).
OBF is packed with great events
7/24 – I Love A Parade! Following the Oregon Brewers Brunch is the Oregon Brewers Parade, which starts on Wednesday, July 24, at 11am and is open to all ages. You do NOT need a ticket to walk in the parade. Up to 500 beer lovers will walk from Ecliptic Brewing (825 N Cook St) to the grounds of the Oregon Brewers Festival at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. Please be prepared, as this will be the farthest distance we’ve ever traveled for the parade. (About 2.5 miles)
Read more about OBF Events and the Fifteenth Annual Sasquatch BrewAm Golf Tournament Friday, (July 26)

How does beer get skunky and how to prevent it.

In case you’ve never experienced it…A skunked beer tastes about as good as a skunk smells. What makes a beer skunky? Experts say skunkiness in beer is not caused by heat, but by light. Skunky beer is often called lightstruck beer, which sounds milder than the actual result. So how does light make beer skunky and how can you prevent your suds from becoming slug bait?
Via Chowhound

America’s 10 Best Beer Festivals

Looking for an ultimate beer-tasting experience? Try hitting one of the country’s top beer festivals, where attendees often get the chance to taste rare beers from heavy hitters and hyped breweries while chatting with the brewers who made them.

Not sure where to start? Check out this list of the best beer fests in America.
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Los Angeles – Beer Belly’s Koreatown Location Is Closing

Don’t panic! Beer Belly’s Long Beach location will stay open, but the Koreatown location is set to close at the end of this month.
“After eight years of so many blessings, we feel like we accomplished what we set out to do. None of this could have been possible without the help of all our wonderful staff past and present, chef Wes Lieberher, L.A.’s amazing food community, the local and engaging beer community, and the ever-energetic Koreatown community. We don’t know what’s next. We don’t know if it will be us or someone else. But we’re excited for the next story to be told.”
Via LA Mag

Does Drinking Beer Cause More Mosquitoes Bites?

Ask Adam: Do People Who Drink Beer Get Bitten by Mosquitoes More?
Q – I’ve heard that if I drink beer I am more likely to be bitten by mosquitoes. Is that true?
Adam – Yes, but that’s not the half of it. As it turns out, all alcohol consumption will make you more susceptible to getting bitten, not just beer.
Via Vinepair

NE-IPA’s Quest for “Juicy” Has Led Us Toward Increasingly Undrinkable Beer, and “Hop Burn” is the Culprit

Paste Magazine has an interesting article up. If you’ve noticed an uptick in the number of bad “hazy” IPAs, this article discusses the reasons why. Blindly brewing juicy / hazy beers, and doing so badly, has caused an increase in “hop burn,” via Paste:

And that’s a problem, because the simple truth is that there does exist a point of diminishing returns, when it comes to simply adding more and more hops to a brew kettle, fermenter or brite tank. These aren’t one-to-one correlations, as much as we’d like for them to be. “Twice the Citra” doesn’t necessarily mean “twice as juicy,” in terms of the consumer’s perception of the eventual flavor of that beer. In fact, it might even mean the opposite.

via Paste

Southern California’s Most Exclusive Beer Festival – A Behind-The-Scenes Look

Meet the king of collabs Kyle Harrop. Way back in the day, Harrop’s first release was Great Maple, a Maple Barrel Aged Imperial Stout. Even before it was released, Harrop’s reputation had earned the beer looks from beer media, and people were excited and trying to get their hands on his product. Great Maple was an absolute hit, and was followed by Boss Tycoon, Harrop’s collaboration with J. Wakefield Brewing, and Frenched Toast, his collab with Great Notion Brewing. Harrop became beer famous. “The success of the collabs started the phones,” Harrop said. Other brewers wanted to collaborate, and consumers wanted to know where they could get his beer.
Via Forbes

16 Brewers Answer: What’s the ‘Weirdest’ Beer You Ever Tried to Brew?

In today’s Artisanal Craft Brewing, no idea or ingredient is off limits. We’ve seen beers made with lobsters, Oysters, Mangalitsa pigs, candied ginger and gingerbread cookies, human urine, Norwegian money, and yeast harvested from beard hairs.
So be prepared to be shocked (and maybe a little grossed out)
16 brewers share the strangest beers they’ve ever made.
Via Vinepair

Craft Beer from CNM Brew Program on tap at Albuquerque Brewery

CNM’s brewing program students are getting hands-on experience at a Sidetrack Brewery. It’s time for the public to taste their creations two years in the making.
From classroom to the taproom. It’s been three years since CNM’s brewery program began, the public will now get a taste of their hard work. “Honestly, I would love to see the public open up their taste to more styles of beer,” Nicolas Corominas, a CNM graduate, said.
VIA KRQE

The world’s top 10 most valuable beer brands in 2019

Every year, the firm “Brand Finance” compares the revenues of the world’s largest brands to determine which has the largest market share.
The ranking is determined by estimating a proportion of parent company’s annual revenues attributable to a brand, and also forecasting revenues by taking into consideration historic revenues, equity analyst forecasts, and economic growth rates. Some were no surprise, others I’d never even heard of.
Via The Drinks Business

UK – Camden Town Brewery builds vertical strawberry Farm

London’s Camden Town Brewery has has launched what it’s called “the UK’s first brewery-based urban vertical farm”.
Teaming up with Rootlabs, who construct urban farms, and sister company to GrowUp Community Farms, the companies champion the use of vertical farming, a method of planting that both saves space and uses 90% less water than traditional techniques.
The initial strawberry crop will be used to brew Camden’s seasonal Strawberry Hells Forever beer.
The brewer will donate 20p from every can of Strawberry Hells sold to GrowUp Community Farms to help support their mission.
Via The Drinks Business

Trappist Monks Embrace E-commerce

In order to prevent people from selling their bottles on at inflated prices, Belgian Trappist monks are launching an online reservation system.
A crate of Westvleteren XII costs €2.50 per bottle, but has been reported to sell as much as €12 in Brussels.
Brother Godfried said the monastery decided to act after discovering a Dutch supermarket had stockpiled a large order of beer and began selling them for €9.95 each.
“It really opened our eyes,” he said.
“It was a sort of wake-up call that the problem was so serious, that a company was able to buy such volumes. It really disturbed us.”
Via The Drinks Business

Congratulations to the latest Falconer Foundation Scholarship winners!

Catherine Wiest and Jaron Shepherd were selected from an outstanding group of talented applicants to receive the 2019 Glen Hay Falconer Foundation Siebel Brewing Scholarships. Catherine Wiest is from Pelican Brewing Company (Pacific City, OR) and Jaron Shepherd is from 21st Amendment Brewery (San Leandro, CA).
The Glen Hay Falconer Foundation scholarship program encompasses over half of the United States geography and the scholarships draw candidates from throughout that region.
Via Falconer Foundation Press Release